Webster 1913 Edition
esterlingus, probably from
Easterling, once the popular name of German trades in England, whose money was of the purest quality: cf. MHG.
sterlinka certain coin. Cf.
East. “Certain merchants of Norwaie, Denmarke, and of others those parties, called Ostomanni, or (as in our vulgar language we tearme them),
easterlings, because they lie
eastin respect of us.”
Holinshed.“In the time of . . . King Richard the First, monie coined in the east parts of Germanie began to be of especiall request in England for the puritie thereof, and was called
Easterlingmonie, as all inhabitants of those parts were called
Easterlings, and shortly after some of that countrie, skillful in mint matters and allaies, were sent for into this realme to bring the coine to perfection; which since that time was called of them
Camden.“Four thousand pound of
R. of Gloucester.]
Any English coin of standard value; coined money.
So that ye offer nobles or
And Roman wealth in English
A certain standard of quality or value for money.
Sterlingwas the known and approved standard in England, in all probability, from the beginning of King Henry the Second’s reign.
S. M. Leake.
Belonging to, or relating to, the standard British money of account, or the British coinage;“With sterling money.”
as, a pound
sterling; a shilling
sterling; a penny
sterling; – now chiefly applied to the lawful money of England; but
sterlingvalue, are used.
Genuine; pure; of excellent quality; conforming to the highest standard; of full value;
as, a work of.
sterlingmerit; a man of
Webster 1828 Edition
1.An epithet by which English money of account is distinguished; as a pound sterling; a shilling sterling; a penny sterling. It is not now applied to the coins of England; but sterling cost, sterling value are used.
2.Genuine; pure; of excellent quality; as a work of sterling merit; a man of sterling wit or good sense.
And Roman wealth in English sterling view.
In this use, sterling may signify English coins.
2.Standard; rate. [Little used in either sense.]